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Registering a stillbirth

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

All stillbirths occurring in Ireland since 1 January 1995 may be registered. It only applies in relation to a child born weighing not less than 500 grams or having a gestational age of not less than 24 weeks and who shows no sign of life at birth.

Required information

The following information is recorded in the Register of Stillbirths:

  • time, date and place of birth of the child
  • the child's gender
  • the child's weight and gestational period
  • the child's forename(s) and surname
  • the mother's forename(s) and surname (as known as of date of birth of child)
  • the mother's birth surname
  • birth surname of mother's mother
  • all previously used surnames of the mother (if any)
  • the mother's normal occupation
  • the mother's normal address at the date of birth
  • the mother's date of birth
  • the mother's marital status
  • the mother's Personal Public Service (PPS) Number

Similar information is entered for the father.

If a stillbirth occurred prior to I January 1995, specific evidence must be produced at the point of registration. This evidence could comprise an authorative statement in writing from a hospital, a nursing home or midwife stating the date and place of birth, the weight and/or the gestational age of the stillborn child. The Registrar may accept, subject to the approval from the Superintendent Registrar, other forms of evidence.

How to apply

Stillbirths are registered in any local civil register office - contact details here. Please bring photographic ID and written evidence of the stillbirth with you. You may get a certificate at the time you register the stillbirth and there is no fee.

All subsequent copies of the certificate must be obtained from the General Register Office.

See here for information on how to apply for certificates.

Contact the General Register Office at Tel +353 (0)90 6632900 or Locall 1890 252076